Together, we enable national and international graduate students to change the world. Together, we welcome and care for the poor, the stranger, the sojourner, the outcast.
World Communion Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. World Communion Sunday calls the church to reach out to all people and model diversity among God’s children. The special offering provides World Communion Scholarships, the Ethnic Scholarship Program and the Ethnic In-Service Training Program.
The World Communion Offering equips disciples like Mary Grace to serve in Jesus’ name. As a small child Mary Grace Galapon labored as a housemaid in exchange for food and clothing. Yet, allowed to attend church, she found hope. As a member of The United Methodist Church, your giving on World Communion Sunday has allowed this deaconess, of the Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference, to pursue an education that is now changing her community as she works to eliminate poverty. Mary Grace’s work, and the impact of hundreds more like her, are possible because you give.
Around the globe, countless gifted and qualified people face financial obstacles that hinder them from preparing for the vocation God has given them, especially youth and young adults. For ethnic students who will be the first generation in their families to attend college, or for those people of color who haven’t historically had access to resources that make higher education possible, the road toward education has often been unwieldy. World Communion Sunday is a time to be in communion with Christians all over the world and to enable us to “press on toward the goal” of serving God in life-changing ministries.
On World Communion Sunday, your giving helps to provide scholarships through the United Methodist Church for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve. This October, 25% of our World Communion Offering will go to Casa Marianella. Casa Marianella welcomes displaced immigrants and promotes self-sufficiency by providing shelter and support services. In addition to shelter, Casa offers access to legal and medical resources, food, clothing, English classes, and other resources. Gifts may be dropped in the offering plate anytime during October or mailed to or brought by the church office.
To learn more, visit http://www.umcgiving.org/ministry-articles/world-communion-sunday and http://www.casamarianella.org/.